Jo Anna Perkins
August 21, 1948 - May 27, 2021
Jo Anna Perkins, 72 of Malvern, IA, passed away at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA, on May 27, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday June 3, 2021 at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Hastings, IA. Burial wll be in the East Liberty Cemetery. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Malvern is caring for Jo Anna and her family.
Memorials: Jo Anna Perkins Scholarship Fund
Jo Anna (Pontow) Perkins, 72 of Malvern, IA, passed away on May 27, 2021 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA.
Jo Anna was born on August 21, 1948 in Omaha, NE and was one of four children to August Louis and Phyllis Marie (Wheeler) Pontow. She grew up on their family farm northwest of Hastings, IA, and attended Golden Hill School, a one-room country school through the 5th grade. She completed her elementary and high school education at Malvern and graduated in 1966. After graduating, she supplemented her music education studies at Drake University.
Jo Anna was baptized, confirmed, and a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church where the extended Pontow family were founding members. She was introduced to Gary Lee Perkins through mutual friends attending St John's, which came to be the cornerstone of their Christian life together. The couple was married at St John's on January 27, 1968, and made their home in Malvern, IA. Gary and Jo Anna were blessed with four children, Spencer, Jennifer, Benjamin, and Joshua.
In her professional life, Jo Anna was a pianist, organist, choir director, family-run small business manager, and spent many years working in the Mills and Pottawattamie County court houses. Jo Anna had a great passion for music. Playing the organ and piano for St. John's beginning at age 12 and for over 50 years thereafter, her gift of music extended well beyond St. John's sanctuary by playing for many weddings, funerals, school programs, and community concerts. A favorite annual passion was performing the Messiah with the Southwest Iowa Baroque Oratorio Choir. Jo Anna taught organ and piano lessons to hundreds of students and tutored several musicians throughout the community. She also led and served within various community and school sponsored organizations. Jo Anna was ever so gracious, kind, and always willing to help others. She was impactful to many including family, friends, students, colleagues and clients. She loved spending time with her family who were her pride and joy and will be remembered for her smile, warmth, energy, and love for life and family.
Jo Anna was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Gary Perkins of Malvern; children, Spencer (Kelly) Perkins of Port Orange, FL, Jennifer Perkins of Des Moines, IA, Benjamin (Nicole) Perkins of Ankeny, IA, and Joshua (Deborah) Perkins of Long Beach, CA; nine grandchildren; siblings, Jerry (Jeannie) Pontow of Hastings, Bonnie Corron of Ankeny, and Dale (Debie) Pontow of Sun City West, AZ; nieces, nephews, cousins, and all their families; and many special friends.